Finding your landscape photography style can be a rewarding experience by helping you understand what you love to shoot and it can take your work to the next level.
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When you look at another photographers work, especially a good one, their style often shines through. Having a defined style sets you apart and creates a photographic identity that people will be familiar with and enjoy. If it is original, others will copy it and the attention that you draw will grow.
You may have never thought about your style before and that is ok. I do not spend a lot of time thinking about it, but it is there. This video will give you some tips on how to find your landscape photography style and where it comes from.
Subject and Location
Firstly it comes from the subject you are shooting. With landscapes this very much depends on the location you have visited. I have become well known for visiting the Lake District so mountains are a big part of my style. Woodland or Cityscapes might be your thing but the location very much influences your style.
Secondly is composition. Some photographers become will known for the type of shot they take. Some may prefer very wide, big vistas. Whilst others might prefer closer in, more intimate shots. Some can’t resist getting their perspective very low and filling the image with close-in foreground interest. Others are now heavily into high perspective drone photography. I do a lot of long exposure photography which again sets me apart, especially once the exposures go over the two minute mark.
The third element is how you edit the images. This is where most photographers will really stamp their style down. The biggest element is the control of colour. Cropping, contrast, sharpness, clarity and white balance all play their part too and the combination of options are almost limitless. In the video I use Adobe Lightroom to show how the simple sliders can be used to create different styles.
The Journey and the Story
Your landscape photography style could come form just one, or all of these elements. The important thing is to work hard, experiment with lots of different things and then shoot what you love. By following your passion and doing what you love your photographic style will really start to shine through. It will also evolve over time as your journey progresses and that serves to add to your art and the story you are telling.